KCC Annual Student Art Exhibition on display April 13-29 in Battle Creek

Detail from the Student Art Exhibit poster.

Kellogg Community College will exhibit 85 works of art created by 35 students as part of the College’s Annual Student Art Exhibition this month on campus in Battle Creek.

The exhibit will run April 13-29 in the Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Gallery (pictured above) in KCC’s Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus at 450 North Ave. and can also be viewed online at rosep9.wixsite.com/kccstudentartexhibit. It’s free and open to the public during regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Every spring, KCC Art, Photography and Multimedia and Graphic Design program students from the current academic year are invited to submit up to four entries for consideration for Student Art Exhibition awards. Media categories include:

  • 2D Fine Art (drawing, painting, printmaking and 2D mixed media)
  • 3D Fine Art (ceramics, sculpture and 3D mixed media)
  • Digital Design (digital illustration and graphic design)
  • Photography (alternative print processes, black and white, digital and digital composite)
  • Time-Based Digital Media (animation and video)

A faculty committee reviews and organizes all submissions and the bulk of the work is juried independently by an art professional chosen from outside of the College. The juror selects the major media category awards and honorable mentions, with cash prizes made possible through a generous donation made to the KCC Foundation by artist Kimiko Petersen and her husband Sherman Petersen.

This year’s juror is artist and art educator Donald W. VanAuken.

About the Juror

Originally from Michigan, Donald W. VanAuken’s most current work in oil painting and printmaking deals with location and one’s place within an environment. Having recently purchased a 1915 farmhouse in mid-Michigan, the artist and his wife have begun to explore this concept of “location” and its relationship to how and what one creates.

Artifacts from the past such as found photographs as well as encounters with native wildlife have spun into a narrative of this environment. Animals and relics of the past are often used as an allegorical means to describe situations, quandaries and everyday experiences that can describe a place.

As an art educator, VanAuken has served in secondary education, museum interpretation, as an adjunct professor of art and as a teaching associate with the School of Art at Ohio University, where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting in 2007. He is currently a professor of art and visual arts talent director in the Visual Arts Program at Olivet College.

For More Information

For more information about KCC’s Annual Student Art Exhibition, contact KCC Graphic Design professor and Art Exhibits Director Penny Rose at 269-565-7961 or rosep@kellogg.edu.

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